Mills and Reeve to advise MMU

Law firm Mills & Reeve LLP has been appointed to the legal panel of Manchester Metropolitan University.

The firm will provide legal advice to the University across a number of areas, including education, employment, commercial contracts, IT, intellectual property, procurement and construction law, as well as property and real estate work and academic agreements.

Richard Sykes, a partner and barrister at Mills & Reeve’s Birmingham office, who specialises in education and public law, will lead the firm’s advisory team.

He said: “We are proud to have been formally appointed to Manchester Metropolitan University’s panel.

“Our experience in delivering services to the higher education sector means we are fully aware of the funding pressures faced by universities and colleges. We are therefore committed to working with our clients to help them reduce their overall expenditure on legal services and to maximise the value for money they receive.

“We are very much looking forward to working with the University and its in-house legal team on future projects and continuing to build our relationship, which started in 2006. MMU positions itself as a university for world-class professionals and has shown itself to be a hugely popular place to study.”

Manchester Metropolitan University was awarded university status in 1992 and is part of the largest higher education campus in the UK and one of the most extensive education centres in Europe. It is the UK’s third most popular university, receiving more than 48,000 applications each year.

Sara Shanab, head of legal at the University, said: “I am really happy to be continuing the University’s relationship with Mills & Reeve and I and my colleagues look forward to working with the firm’s experienced, specialist lawyers.”

Mills & Reeve has a significant higher education client roster, with 90 universities and higher education institutions on its books, including Aston, Birmingham, Cambridge, King’s College London, Oxford and Wolverhampton.

In addition, the firm was recently appointed legal adviser to the University of Manchester, as well as the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.

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